'Do Not Track' privacy effort at crossroads
A movement by privacy activists to curb tracking of Internet users' browsing habits scored a major victory last month when Microsoft launched its new browser with "do not track" as the default, or automatic ...
Study shows China's clean-water program benefits people, environment
The brown, smog-filled skies that engulf Beijing have earned China a poor reputation for environmental stewardship. But despite China's dirty skies, a study led by Stanford environmental scientists has found ...
Small, portable sensors allow users to monitor exposure to pollution on their smart phones
(Phys.org)—Computer scientists at the University of California, San Diego have built a small fleet of portable pollution sensors that allow users to monitor air quality in real time on their smart phones. ...
The slower you grow, the longer you live: Growth rate influences lifespan, research finds
(Phys.org)—New research from the University of Glasgow suggests that lifespan is affected by the rate at which bodies grow early in life.
Low-cost sensors gather air pollution data
(Phys.org) —Epidemiologists' understanding of the relationship between exposure to airborne pollutants and a range of health conditions, such as cardiovascular disease and asthma, has grown increasingly ...
Herbal medicine through an evolutionary lens
A phylogenetic study has shown that related plants are used traditionally in three disparate regions to treat similar medical conditions.
Protesters across globe rally against Monsanto
Protesters rallied in dozens of cities Saturday as part of a global protest against seed giant Monsanto and the genetically modified food it produces, organizers said.
New methods to unveil the truth about the madness of King George
(Phys.org)—Investigations into the nature of King George III's illness will reopen this year. Neuroscientists will pore over thousands of 18th century letters to and from the monarch, well known for his ...
Smartphones control smart homes at Asia tech fair
Homes where every device is linked up and can be controlled by smartphone were touted in Japan on Tuesday when Asia's biggest tech fair threw open its doors.
Japan mobile phone will monitor skin condition
A mobile phone that monitors the user's skin condition, checking for blemishes and colour, was unveiled in beauty-conscious Japan on Thursday.
UN: Developing countries face higher risks from mercury
Communities in developing countries are facing increased health and environmental risks linked to mercury exposure, the United Nations Environment Programme said Thursday.
Researcher studies indoor air particles and their movement
Most people worry about the quality of the air they breathe outdoors, while giving little thought to the contaminants that may be circulating in their own homes.
NASA image: Agricultural fires in India October 18, 2013
The Indian state of Punjab has two growing seasons—one from May to September and another from November to April. In November, Punjab farmers typically sow crops such as wheat and vegetables; but before ...